The Mojito : : Cocktail of the Week

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 leave of mint
  • Lime
  • White Stolen Rum
  • Sugar Syrup

 

Method:

  • Take a good handful of maybe 8-10 good leaves of mint, and place them in the bottom of a highball glass.
  • Muddle them ever so lightly. You don't want to break the leaves up, you are simply trying to release the Chlorophyll in order to add as much of the flavour as possible.
  • Add 30 ml of freshly squeezed lime juice, and drop in a couple of wedges.
  • Drop over 45ml of Stolen White Rum, as well as 15 ml sugar syrup.
  • Fill the glass to half way with crushed ice, and stir this mix thoroughly.
  • Top the rest of the glass with crushed ice, a little bit of soda, and finish with one final light stir.
  • Get the most attractive mint sprig you can find and give them a light tap (on the bench or between your hands) to release the aromas, and place them at the top as a garnish. This garnish actually adds a lot to the drink, as the leaves should be right in your nose as you take your sip, adding a new element to the experience.

 

 

Backstory:

Ladies and gentleman, as I'm sure you would have noticed, the winter coats are well and truly tucked away at the back of your closet, the scarves and gloves have started to collect dust and the summer essentials are out in full force. That glaring ball of heat in the sky is making its presence felt, and we need a drink to match. This Cuban Classic originates from where the seasons are so blurred that even when the locals consider it to be 'cold', they are flaunting their bellies on the deck, maintaining those impressive tans.

 

This is one of those classics that should not be messed with. This is the best there is to quench thirst after a day in the sun, and kick the evening off right. The best way to order this drink is at a bar where it is appropriate enough to talk to the bartender over the bridge of your sunglasses and with an acceptable amount of sweat stains on your loosely fitted shirt (yes, I think sweat can be acceptable, and Tom Ford agrees. I'm trying to paint a picture here). After ordering in such a fashion, you should be greeted by a delightfully beautiful looking concoction of fantastically paired ingredients, waiting to zing your taste buds with its vast array of flavours.

 

This is a combination of flavours like no other, a characteristic reflected in its more famous consumers. Notably, Ernest Hemingway was first touched by the mojito’s brilliance whilst visiting a small bar in Cuba, late bringing his new found favourite back to Florida.

 

The mojito is a drink that has most certainly been around for a while. Originally made with Aguardiente, the first evolution of an alcohol that would lead to rum. This original aguardiente mojito was dubbed ‘El Draque’ (Spanish for “the dragon”) by a British explorer who unsuccessfully attempted to invade Cuba - instead, doing the entire world a favour by discovering this drink. The name mojito, however, is believed to have originated from the African word ‘Mojo’ which means “to place a little spell”, somewhat appropriate don't you think?

 

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